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2012 – The Year of Cyber Espionage?

Lucian Constantin’s recent article “Expect more cyber-espionage, sophisticated malware in ’12, experts say” states that cyber-attacks in 2012 will increase with more sophisticated malware. Certainly companies like MicroTrend, Symantec and others have their work cut out for them to eradicate these attacks once they are launched. But taking a step back, the question arises as to how malware is first getting into the networks.

Answer: employee’s carelessness.

Using social engineering attacks are still the best and cheapest way to distribute malware. Spam emails, phishing, spearfishing, etc., all utilize attachments that can hide the malware. It still is amazing that such an and old and simple method is still the most effective. An according to some experts, educating the employees about information security is a waste of time. I disagree since even if one person is helping by being educated and aware it is better than having none. But education alone is not the solution. Read More→